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The Tower Returns! – Stats Behind Mathoho’s Chiefs Comeback

After more than five months on the sidelines with a serious injury, Erick ‘Tower’ Mathoho finally got back on the field for Kaizer Chiefs this weekend – but how did he do?
Mathoho got back on the bench for the first time earlier this month for the 1-1 draw with Free State Stars after he had surgery on torn ankle ligaments back in December, however was left as an unused substitute as Chiefs’ winless streak in the Absa Premiership continued.
This past Saturday, though, with Daniel Cardoso at risk of suspension for the upcoming Nedbank Cup final, Ernst Middendorp opted to give the 29-year-old a spot back in the XI against Chippa United – though he lasted just 45 minutes before being replaced by Lebogang Manyama. 
Mathoho was unable to prevent the cross into the box that allowed Rhulani Manzini to open the scoring for the Chilli Boys on Saturday, a goal that eventually won the game, however did have plenty of success in the air throughout the course of the game.
Key Tower Stats v Chippa 
Minutes: 45
Touches: 24
Passes: 18
Passing accuracy: 78%
Balls won: 7
Balls lost: 5
Tackles won: 0
Interceptions: 0
Clearances: 10
Aerial duels won/lost: 5/1
How did you think Mathoho fared on his return to competitive action? 


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